DA 2020-242, 7 level, 62 unit apartment building 118A Soldiers Point Rd. – TRRA Submission

We have objected to a new DA for a vertical 7 storey apartment building behind the Soldiers Point Bowling Club – a proposed replacement for the already approved final stages of the Greenside development, which were to be a series of lower buildings tiered up the slope.  See our detailed submission Click Here

This is our conclusion:

TRRA submits that the proposed development is simply too high (and ‘blocky’) to be compatible with the character of the surrounding area.  Council should not approve a re-design of the approved development simply because the applicant has encountered geo-technical constraints.  The re-design cannot in our view reasonably be considered an improvement on the approved design, and it fails to comply with a significant number of applicable planning controls.

The DA should be refused.

High rise proposal for Soldiers Point – submission guide

DA 2020-242, 7 level, 62 unit apartment building 118A Soldiers Point RdKey points for submissions, due by 5pm Monday 23 February 2021.

The proposal is to replace an approved design for four lower apartment blocks with a single higher (7 level – 25 metre) building at the front (east) of the site, with 11 fewer units overall. The existing approval is for four separate buildings with a maximum height of 8 metres above ground level (the ones to the rear of the site would appear higher when viewed from some directions as the ground level slopes).  The footprint and site coverage of the approved buildings would be much greater and the landscaped area much smaller.

Full Guide – Click here

DA 2020-830 – 8 Central Avenue, Salamander Bay (LOT 7 DP: 1239352) – Objection

TRRA has particular concerns about the implications of this development for pedestrian safety and amenity on the public pathway immediately to the north. We are also very concerned about the absence of any opportunity for public input on the precursor approval for the proposed industrial building which will house this specific use.

Full Submission Click Here

Fingal Bay Link Road

Submission to Transport for NSW 11 December 2020

TRRA believes that there are some major threshold analyses and considerations which need
to be addressed before firm commitments are made on routes. Additionally a business case, including a cost/benefit analysis is essential to evaluate the various options. This should clearly define the objectives of the Link Road, having regard for the nature of the communities it would serve and impact upon.

Full Submission – Click Here


TRRA has reminded Council of the weakness of its ‘variation’ policy which allows for exceptions from development standards including height limits, throughout Port Stephens.  Council used this LEP clause in 2016 and 2019 to approve two apartment buildings in Nelson Bay that were double the then height limit (we have yet to see any sign of the promised investment).  Our submission asks Council to respond to the many criticisms we first made in 2018, which they largely ignored.

Full Submission – Click here

Next stages of Nelson Bay Road Duplication

TRRA has made a submission on the route options for the next stages of Nelson Bay Road duplication between Williamtown to Bobs Farm.  The State government has introduced a third option of a completely new road across the low lying farmland north of the Stockton Bight dunes. Our main interest is in the traffic implications, including for the increasing volumes of heavy sand trucks, but there are other environmental pros and cons of the different routes – see the submission – Click Here

POLICY – File Reference PSC2007-3163

Our bottom line is that the Policy is nowhere near ambitions or broad enough and needs a lot more work.  We have expressly called for further consideration of a separate green waste collection, including its relationship to the current mixed waste processing plant at Raymond Terrace, which was innovative when introduced 20 years ago but has encountered problems with its composting output and may not be the best solution.

Full Submission – Click Here

Information and Direction Signs on Road
Reserves Policy

In 2020 we have identified as a high priority the need to improve the visual
standards and general presentation of the Gateway to the Tomaree Peninsula.
Central to this is the control and management of the various approach roads to
our area such as Nelson Bay Road. We have commenced detailed discussions
with Planning Officers on the initiative.

Full Submission – Click Here

Letter to Council about tree removal in Nelson Bay CBD

An immediate issue has arisen in relation to two trees outside the Seabreeze Hotel in Stockton St which have recently had barriers placed around them, but the issue is wider, having come up many times before, including in 2018 in relation to trees further south on Stockton St which were removed at short notice with inadequate consultation.

Full letter – Click here

Council allows 8 and 12 Storeys in Nelson Bay

Press Release – Click here

The content of the two submissions below each raises the issue of transparency in council processes. Although these are quite detailed documents we recommend your taking the time to review them.

Submission on Council Policy: Development Applications to be reported to
Council – Click Here

Submission onSmart Parking – Fees and Charges Amendment – Click Here


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